Director Claire Denis' adaptation of Billy Budd
is a so candid in the erotic presentation of the male physique that it deserves to be seen on a double bill with Derek Jarman's equally fearless and camp art-house classic SEBASTIANE. Denis shifts Herman Melville's original locale from the rolling decks of a 19th century warship to contemporary Djibouti, where a small squadron of French Legionnaires train under the stern command of Chief Master Sergeant Galloup (Denis Lavant). Their excruciatingly mundane daily routine which, for lack of
anything really meaningful to do, consists of exercising, washing their clothes and ironing razor-sharp c...